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You're reading: Halya Coynash: 76-year-old Crimean Tatar charged with ‘resisting the police’ for defence of political prisoner

76-year-old Server Karametov was arrested on August 8 while holding a peaceful picket outside the High Court in Simferopol where the ‘trial’ is taking place of Crimean Tatar leader and recognized political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz. Accused of both an ‘unauthorized protest’ and of ‘resisting the police’, he was held, first in a police station, then at the court for over 10 hours, even after he was taken ill and an ambulance needed to be called.

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